Swindon's Howell finishes with a flourish at Gleaneagles
SWINDON’S David Howell birdied four of the last five holes at the Johnnie Walker Championship as he ended his Gleneagles campaign with a flourish yesterday.
The Broome Manor pro, competing in his first European Tour tournament in six weeks, fired a four-under-par 68 to finish tied-17th.
Howell had carded five-under on Saturday and he finished the tournament on 12-under overall, earning €20,067 for his troubles.
The result will give Howell’s Race to Dubai ranking a welcome boost following his month and a half away from competitive play.
England's Tommy Fleetwood won his maiden European Tour title on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off with Stephen Gallacher and Ricardo Gonzalez.
The trio returned to the par-five 18th for the play-off and Scot Gallacher was eliminated when he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker, missing a birdie putt from seven feet.
Argentine Gonzalez had putted down to five feet from just off the back of the green and when he also missed, Fleetwood was left to hole from four feet for a winning birdie.
“The other two guys were a little unlucky with their putts and before you know it you have a four footer for the win," said Fleetwood. “It all seemed to unravel really quickly.”
Fleetwood was the youngest winner of the Challenge Tour in 2011 but only kept his card at the end of his rookie season on the European Tour thanks to a first top-10 finish of the year in the final event in South Africa.
The 22-year-old added: “It’s unbelievable. I have been up there a lot and not even had a top-five finish and all of a sudden you come away with a win.”
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